Latitude 54° 02? South, Longitude 37° 14' West:
Prion Island, South Georgia
Unimpeded by any landmass, the mysterious Southern Ocean flows completely around Earth from west to east between the seasonally shifting icy continent of Antarctica and the coastlines and islands of Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa.
Weaving together sea captains’ journals, whalers’ log books, explorers’ letters, scientific research and ancient beliefs with her own voyage of discovery, Joy McCann reveals the secrets of a little-known ocean and its importance as a barometer of climate change.
About the Author
Joy McCann is a historian specialising in environmental, cultural and political history. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the ANU School of History and Honorary Research Associate with the Centre for Environmental History. She has worked extensively as a public historian, researcher and curator in the cultural heritage, museums and libraries sector.
‘a thrillingly hybrid creation, drawing together elements of environmental and intellectual history, science and personal observation to illuminate not just the physical and ecological reality of this loneliest of wildernesses but also the ways humans have understood it…the book is ultimately a hymn to connection and wonder, and a recognition of the myriad ways in which the Southern Ocean touches all of us.’
James Bradley, The Australian
‘This bracing history charts the myths, the exploration and the inhabitants of the all-too-real and wild circumpolar ocean to our south. It’s a vast and potentially unwieldy subject that McCann deftly distils to its essentials, from the ocean’s winds and icy currents to the krill that sustain its depths and the albatross that cruise its skies.’
Sydney Morning Herald, Pick of the Week, 4 August 2018
'Using the best of her expertise as a respected historian and researcher, Joy McCann asks us to think about the Southern Ocean as more than just a 'remote scientific laboratory, or as a source of food or prosperity'...A wonderful book club text or book to spark dinner table conversation.'
Jo Printz, ABC Central Victoria Breakfast